The Supreme Court will hear a fresh petition against the Rafale deal between India and France on 10th Oct, Wednesday. The PIL seeks a direction to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and comparative prices during the UPA and NDA rule to the Supreme court in a sealed cover.
The PIL filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda. The petition also sought information about the contract given to Reliance by Dassault. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph would hear the PIL.
The Apex court on October 10 will also be hearing the earlier PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma. He claimed in his petition that the inter-government agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets must be quashed as it was an “outcome of corruption” and not ratified by parliament under Article 253 (parliament has the power to make any law for implementing any inter-government agreement) of the Constitution.
A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph adjourned the matter till October 10 after Sharma told the bench that he wanted to file some additional documents in the case and sought an adjournment in the matter
A similar petition was filed in the top court in March this year seeking an independent probe into the Rafale deal and disclosure of the cost involved in the deal before Parliament.
The petition, filed by Congress leader Tehseen S Poonawalla, had sought a direction against the centre on why the Union Cabinet’s approval was not sought as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) before signing the procurement deal with France on September 23, 2016.